Girder and Panel Building set

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  1. ragtopfury

    ragtopfury Well-Known Member

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    So 43 years ago, I got this set for Christmas when I was 10. Besides the original Lincoln Logs and a couple of games from the same time frame that I managed to save, my 9yr old daughter dragged my old Girder and Panel set out this afternoon. She built this 4'6" tower.

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    • rustyfish

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      Nice job and nice to see them doing something off the computer.
       
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      • Daves69

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        Future Engineer in the making! :thumbsup:
         
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        • gunbunny

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          My mother worked for Kenner toys in the 70's.
          She would bring home new toys all the time. We (my brother and I) played with them and she would watch. We never thought a thing of it when we were kids, but she was taking R&D notes.
          Some of the toys, I still have, some disappeared, especially if we didn't play with them much.
          Anyway, I remember the Girder and Panel set that showed up one day. It was massive!
          My brother and I built just about every building they had in the booklet.
          Then one day, the set vanished. A few day later, a huge Lego set showed up.
          Same deal, we played with that, mom watched.
          I asked mom a few years ago about that girder and panel set (along with other toys that vanished). She said that Kenner was toying with the idea of expanding the line (why we had that massive set) or dropping it and going with a product to compete with Lego's.
          Turns out it didn't matter, General Mills wanted Kenner to focus on action figures and Star Wars and killed the plans.
          Several of the other toys were prototypes. The ideal was for us (and other kids) to play hard with the toys and attempt to break them. Remember SSP cars? My mom had us running those things into a concrete wall every way we could imagine.
          I was a teenager (able to drive) when they let my mom go. I think Tonka bought them out and had their own R&D staff.
          Looking back, it was cool to have a mom who worked for a toy company. The down side was we were never allowed to take certain toys out of the house. I had a C3P0 and R2D2 toys for months before Star Wars came out, wasn't allowed out of the house for a long time.
          I'm happy to see that little girl playing with that set. Some things last the test of time.
           
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          • toolmanmike

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            She did a nice job with that. I had one of those. I built the cantilever bridge on the box top. Dang, I might have bought one of those back a few years ago. Along with a Erector set and a DX Getaway Chase game.

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            SSP cars - I tore those things up. They were awesome. Especially when you rip the ripcord out so hard and fast that you smack your older brother with it...LOL
             
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            • George Jets

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              That is cool !
               
            • RAT ROD AL

              RAT ROD AL I know just enough to be dangerous FABO Gold Member

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              This is what I had to play with.

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                  I had that set when I was a kid. Hours of entertainment. I never tried to build the tallest building possible though.
                   
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                • ragtopfury

                  ragtopfury Well-Known Member

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                  I had those,too, Al. The rocks are in the pond and the dog ate the sticks....
                   
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